Soldiers of the Press is a war drama that was created in New York and syndicated by World Broadcasting System. Little is known about the series or the total number of episodes. Each episode is 15 minutes long and retold a recent news story from action during World War II. The series was narrated by United Press correspondents including Walter Cronkite, Harrison Salisbury, and many lesser knowns such as Ralph Teasdale and Ann Stringer. The show was broadcast on WOR from 28 Feb 1943 until 5 Aug 1945 on Sundays at 12:30pm. There are at least 39 episodes in circulation out of the 148 known to exist.
NOTE: Updated with Version 1.2 MP3 files (30-Dec-2019).
NOTE: Updated with Version 1.1 MP3 files (25-Feb-2011).
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Pre-2019 OTRR Definitions:
OTRR Certified Accurate -- A series that was "Certified Accurate" indicated that all the episodes were properly identified and labeled based on current information but that the series did not contain all known extant episodes.
OTRR Certified Complete -- A series that was "Certified Complete" achieved the highest level of certification available under the OTRR Certified Standards. This certification level implied that all the files in the series were "Certified Accurate" and also indicated that the series was as complete as possible and included all circulating episodes.
OTRR Non-Certified -- A collection of shows that has not gone through the OTRR Certification process.
Also, beginning in 2019, the version numbers of our OTRR releases changed format -- instead of v1.0 or v2.1, we are now using a version number that reflects the year and month the set was released. The format used is a two-digit year followed by a two-digit month. For example, "v1906" indicates a set that was released in June 2019, or "v1910" indicates a set released in October 2019.
I thought this was fixed years ago by OTRR:
The actual United Press reporters did not play themselves in this series, according to Walter Cronkite, who was interviewed about the program on NPR.
They were still off in the war zones while the programs were made by (NY?) studio actors, sound effects folks, etc. , with scripts based on stories the reporters had filed for use in U.P.-subscriber newspapers. The series was a U.P. promotion in its lively competition with A.P.